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Asymmetry

«[Asymmetry] eviscerates [and] delves into power imbalances with an implacability fit for our time... Wonderfully terse, Asymmetry [is] constructed like a puzzle box, with three parts that slot together only at the end... The structural originality of Asymmetry may be startling, but the story arcs towards a gratifying catharsis»

Benjamin Evans, Observer

'A scorchingly intelligent first novel' New York Times
'Spellbinding' New Yorker
'Thrilling' Guardian


In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer. Les mer

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'A scorchingly intelligent first novel' New York Times
'Spellbinding' New Yorker
'Thrilling' Guardian


In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer. At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, is detained by immigration. Somehow their lives are connected, in this unconventional love story that has things to say about all of contemporary life.

Detaljer

Forlag
Granta Books
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
288
ISBN
9781783783625
Utgivelsesår
2018
Format
20 x 13 cm

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«[Asymmetry] eviscerates [and] delves into power imbalances with an implacability fit for our time... Wonderfully terse, Asymmetry [is] constructed like a puzzle box, with three parts that slot together only at the end... The structural originality of Asymmetry may be startling, but the story arcs towards a gratifying catharsis»

Benjamin Evans, Observer

«Absorbing [and] dazzling... As Blazer observes, fiction is one way we can get beyond the limits of our own lives to imaging the realities of others' worlds»

Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail

«Funny, frightening, packed with literary excerpts and allusions, musical references, baseball and history, the parts intricately connect... dazzling, ingenious»

Book of the Year selected by Elaine Showalter, TLS

«Lisa Halliday is a writer to watch»

James Marriott, The Times

«[A] notable debut... Lisa Halliday's graceful juxtaposition of chance, fate and literary fame»

Book of the Year selected by Justine Jordan, Guardian

«In her stunning debut novel, Lisa Halliday places three storylines in close proximity, leading to fascinating contrasts. After reading only a few sentences of her intelligent prose (and that dialogue!), you'll be itching for her next novel whenever it should come»

Books of the Year selected by Katy Thomspett, Refinery 29

«Subtle, thought-provoking and intense»

Best books of 2018 selected by Belinda McKeon, Irish Independent

«Halliday's narrative versatility and the many other lives glimpsed in Asymmetry open up a wide, rewarding and complex world»

Look Local

«Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry is elegant, funny, ingenious, profound and wildly enjoyable. You'll read it in one sitting, only pausing now and again to check the endpapers and confirm that this is indeed a first novel. I loved, admired and envied this novel. It's a wonder»

Zadie Smith

«Spellbinding... A literary phenomenon»

Katy Waldman, New Yorker

«A scorchingly intelligent first novel by Lisa Halliday, [Asymmetry] is a clever comedy of manners set in Manhattan [...] which poses deep questions about free will, fate and freedom, the all-powerful accident of one's birth and how life is alchemized into fiction... Asymmetry is not complicated, but it cannot be read complacently. Like it or not, it will make you a better reader»

Parul Shegal, New York Times

«Lisa Halliday's debut novel starts like a story you've heard, only to become a book unlike any you've read. The initial mystery is how its pieces fit together; the lasting one is how she pulled the whole thing off. Deft, funny, and humane, Asymmetry is a profoundly necessary political novel about the place for art in an unjust world»

Chad Harbach, author of The Art of Fielding

«Delicious... Halliday is knowing - about isolation, dissatisfaction and the pain of being human»

Sarah Begley, TIME

«Asymmetry is a novel of deceptive lightness and a sort of melancholy joy. Lisa Halliday writes with tender laugh-aloud wit, but under her formidable, reckoning gaze a world of compelling characters emerges. She steps onto the literary stage with the energy of a debut novelist and the confidence of a mature writer»

Louise Erdrich

«Asymmetry is an amazing piece of work. Ms. Halliday has a unique ability to make the familiar strange, and the strange familiar. I'm struggling to think of a novel that has had a similar effect on me. Asymmetry is funny, sad, deeply humane, and clearly the product of a bold intelligence at work. One can only hope that something this good will find as wide an audience as it so obviously deserves»

Kevin Powers

«Stunningly adept writing used to captivating effect. A highly original, compelling and relevant book full of nuance, wit and insight. And laughs, it also has laughs»

Kirsty Young

«The rarest of literary beasts: a work with proper avant-garde credentials... A clever and provocative mix of the kind of writing that gets read as autobiographical, and the kind that doesn't»

Edmund Gordon, Sunday Times

«Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday isn't just any debut. Dubbed a 'dazzling hand-grenade of a novel' [...] it's aiming to explode the power imbalances of modern life. From the personal to the political, it shines a light on disparities between male and female, East and West, old and young -and comes to a conclusion that you won't forget»

Stella, Sunday Telegraph

«A smart, insightful read about love, life and art»

Elle

«Wow. Asymmetry is a rare book in the sense that it is always shocking to read something this good and polished and fully formed, a novel that impossibly seems to be everything at once: transgressive and shocking and intimate and expansive, torn from today's headlines, signifier of the strange moment we now occupy. Somehow this book, this author has all but exploded into the world, fully formed. Lisa Halliday is an amazing writer. Just open this thing, start at the beginning»

Charles Bock, author of Beautiful Children

«Impossible to put down, and to pin down ... a bold, elegant examination of the dynamics of love, power, ambition, and the ways we try to find our place in the world, whether at 25 or 75.»

Whiting Award citation

«[A] whip-smart debut novel»

RTÉ Guide

«Quite brilliant»

Lucy Whetman, Irish Examiner

«Moving and enlightening»

Eva Wiseman, Observer Magazine

«Of admirable erudition and stylishness... enjoyable... Halliday dispenses information in profusion and colour on a wide range of subjects»

Patrick Skene Catling, Spectator

«One of the most exciting debuts of the year... Deliciously ambitious and absorbing»

Summer Books of 2018, Financial Times

«Strange, funny, touching and incredibly sharp»

Summer Books round up selected by Mark O’Connell, Irish Times

«A witty, entertaining novel»

Declan Ryan, Literary Review

«Incredible debut novel»

ES Magazine, Evening Standard

«I read Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday twice...Halliday can write... she can describe the ordinary [and] there are some terrific jokes»

Selected by Craig Raine as a book of the year, New Statesman

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